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Sudan: North Darfur Farmers are warned of a locust outbreak this summer.

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North Darfur: Farmers have warned of a locust

The North Darfur Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Livestock has warned that extensive locust swarms are expected with the arrival of the rainy season, potentially putting the state’s entire summer agricultural season at risk.

In a statement to Sudan News Agency, agricultural engineer Salha Salim Naji, a plant protection specialist at the state’s Ministry of Agriculture, urged the federal and state governments to begin taking the necessary measures and measures for immediate intervention to combat the pest in North Darfur as the rainy season approaches when the breeding explosion will begin in the so-called ‘outbreak.’ Engineer “Saliha” blamed the heavy spread of locust swarms these days after sundown in the regions of El Taweisha, Dar El Salaam El Lait, the Prophet’s neighbor, and Kalmendo for the projected extensive spread of locusts “Sari al-Layl” during the forthcoming rainy season.in addition to the spread of other swarms of locusts in various localities, such as the grave locusts, which are known locally as Umm Samandu, Umm Bling, and Umm Jerkom, and the pest of Heglig and Sidr trees, as well as some citrus and fruit trees, in addition to the spread of other swarms of locusts in various localities, such as the grave locusts, which are known locally as Umm Sam

Salha went on to say that the spread of locusts at night in the aforementioned localities these days is due to the fact that these areas are an extension of the gum arabic belt, which is produced from the hashab tree, which is the main breadwinner for locusts, as well as other factors that aided in the spread, such as the lack of rain last year, which resulted in a drought. The absence of valley flow during the season, as well as delayed control activities and weather changes, all contributed to the locust spreading with such vigour.

Engineer Salha emphasized the importance of confronting the state’s negative effects of the locust outbreak at this time of year, which she said will cause trees to stop growing and limit their growth, resulting in the failure of fruiting operations and a reduction in production in all trees attacked.

She also emphasized the significance of preparing for huge dangers in the autumn, when locusts will breed in large numbers and spread to diverse crops, causing drought and low productivity.

Threatened by locusts
Young grasshoppers and adults in Sudan form clusters in regions that remain green following summer rains. According to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), a swarm of locusts covering a square kilometer can consume between 80 and 160 tons of crops every day. An adult desert locust may consume around 2 grams of its own weight every day.

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